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Poster: Sugaree83 Date: Feb 9, 2007 10:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Bird Song Fans

I like the song, but the board seems to like it a lot more.

What am I missing?

My favorite version (in person) was when Jerry cut it off and went into Comes A Time, while wearing a sports coat in the Hershey PA rain (then into Deal, for the only Garcia trifecta I can ever remember).

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Poster: Fishead Date: Feb 9, 2007 12:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bird Song Fans

it's a beautiful song dedicated to janis.......

great lyrics and great mind jammin'tune ......
never got tired of hearing it and for a full throttle mind excursion ,journey back to 3-30-89 ..one twisted bird...!

peace and jerry on!!!

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Poster: KaiserSose Date: Feb 12, 2007 9:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bird Song Fans

Love me a Bird Song! It was generally a small taste in set I of what GD were capable of doing. Two of my favorites are 9/3/88 and 4/28/91 (with Santana!).

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Feb 9, 2007 2:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bird Song Fans

i've always liked 72 and 73 birdsongs until i discovered this gem from 3-7-81 17 minute plus on the money version.this aud version is poor,but an excellant upgrade has been provided by motb guys and still seeding at bt.etree anyway check it out http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-03-07complete.aud-wise.senn421.22933.sbeok.shnf props to arbuthnot for turning me on to this show and by the way the motb version is on the disk i sent out thursday.

This post was modified by tigerbolt on 2007-02-09 22:00:38

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Feb 9, 2007 2:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bird Song Fans

Man what a first set song list!! I'm all over that.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Feb 9, 2007 11:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bird Song Fans

For me, when Jerry is on, his solos are a perfect match to the song title, flying about in a light and "lilting" (for lack of a better term) journey. They can get very hypnotic and spacey while immersing the listener in a feeling of peace and contentment. I will use my old standby description of "Jerry weaving an ethereal tapestry of sonic wonder".

My two current favorites are 6/22/73 Vancouver and 6/18/83 Saratoga. My favorite in person was Oxford Plains Speedway in '88, probably cause when your dosed up and they start playing Birdsong while some dude in an ultralight starts buzzing the venue it does things to your head.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2007-02-09 19:14:50

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Poster: Sugaree83 Date: Feb 9, 2007 1:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bird Song Fans

Is there a good version of that 6/18/83 Saratoga show around?

Seems to be one of the best reviewed shows I've seen.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Feb 9, 2007 2:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bird Song Fans

The aud I pulled off of here is quite nice. brentmydland.net might have a board available.

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Poster: Bear in 29206 Date: Feb 9, 2007 7:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bird Song Fans

I second that 6-22-73 version...awesome.. will have to check out the 81 one!

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Poster: Street Pig Date: Feb 9, 2007 11:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bird Song Fans

My Favorite Bird Song in person was Greensboro 4.1.91, Hints of Dark Star were written all over this baby.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Feb 9, 2007 1:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bird Song Fans

I will second the Oxford Me version and also add Vegas Apr 1991. santana guests and clocks in at a nice 18 mins

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Poster: BryanE Date: Feb 9, 2007 12:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bird Song Fans

I just looked it up on a couple of chord/tab sites, with both of them listing it as starting out on a D7. I don't know if that's exactly how they played it, but its sound was airy, open, unencumbered, making it a perfect vehicle to get a good old-fashioned, free-form, Grateful Dead-style jam going, which was my favorite part of the show. As they moved into and through the 80's and then some, Bird Song was situated almost exclusively toward the end of the first set, after they had gotten warmed up enough to take on its improvisational nature (on The Pizza Tapes, Jerry refers to that sort of thing as "some serious delving"). For me, it served as a preview of longer jams that might await us during Set Two.

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Poster: Sugaree83 Date: Feb 9, 2007 12:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bird Song Fans

Thanks guys.

I just went through one - Olympic Th, 10-17-83.

It's the best Sugaree ever played, and a great Deal, so I figured Jerry would be on for the Bird Song. He was.

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Poster: darkstar1964 Date: Feb 9, 2007 2:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bird Song Fans

10-17-83....YES!! ...YES!!...i've always loved this show! i call this the Jerry's 1st album show. sugaree...birdsong...deal... to lay me down...the wheel...its almost all their. anyway i've always been fond of this show. i remember driving into lake placid on that cold winter like day. i thought i was a great show. ive listened to my grungy recording of that show since those days. Great Fun!!!

This post was modified by darkstar1964 on 2007-02-09 22:00:42

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Poster: elkdog Date: Feb 9, 2007 12:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bird Song Fans

I REALLY like the version on Reckoning; it's my favorite piece of acoustic Grateful Dead.

Check out versions from September '72. 9/21/72 features a busted string on Jerry's guitar, which leads to Keith taking the lead while Jerry switches gears. 9/17 also has a fine version.

This song, like He's Gone, is a mournful tune written for a lost friend (the tune is for Janis; though He's Gone was written originally about Mickey Hart's father running of with the band's money, it became a eulogy later on- see 5/6/81 and 5/12/81 for examples), but it takes on a real poetic beauty in its lyrics that I find haunting. It's musically structured fairly similarly to Dark Star, and while it didn't get explored as thoroughly, it gave the band the requisite space to really channel the muse of the song. They really built up some great dynamics from what is a fairly quiet song. I really think the Dead did some of their most beautiful playing through this tune.

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